There are times when you sit down to read a book and it completely grips you. Bonnie's book did that for me. Her story of childhood trauma stirs the e...moreThere are times when you sit down to read a book and it completely grips you. Bonnie's book did that for me. Her story of childhood trauma stirs the emotions. Her battle with panic attacks demonstrates her bravery. Bonnie doesn't leave the story there. She goes on to talk of her journey to find rest or "spiritual whitespace". How can we make time to rest? To take care of ourselves? To spend time with God so that He can renew us? Through spiritual whitespace. By leaving some of our time blank for God to fill.
Not only is her story gripping, her book is practical. She lays out how to rest. The book contains journaling prompts and suggestions for activities to find whitespace in your life. There is quite a creative collection of ideas. I found the prompts to be healing when I sat down to write. I haven't done all of them, but the one that I did do were eye-opening. The suggested activities range from enjoying the outdoors to creating a memory journal to spending time with an old friend.
I read a ton of books each year. You could say I devour them, but Bonnie's book now holds a special place on my shelf. It helped me to go through some healing and learn how to take time to rest. I would have to say that so far this year it has been the top read for me. If you are struggling with healing or finding peace or experiencing stress, Bonnie's book is not to be missed!!(less)
Freezer cooking has saved my life and fed my family these past few years! I will never go back to the daily grind of trying to figure out what's for d...moreFreezer cooking has saved my life and fed my family these past few years! I will never go back to the daily grind of trying to figure out what's for dinner at 4pm. I have tried to use a bunch of bulk/freezer cookbooks over the years and none of them have been exceptional. Sure I have gotten a few ideas here and there, but the recipes are sometimes bland or boring. I couldn't wait for Jessica Fisher's Not Your Mother's Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook (NYM Series) because I have been visiting her two blogs (Life as Mom and Good Cheap Eats) for awhile now and really like her recipes! So I wasn't surprised that her book is a wealth of great recipes and helpful hits.
The beginning of the book gives helpful hints on how to start freezer cooking, what freezes and what doesn't, how to package foods, etc. It is then onto the recipes. Here is a list of some of the ones I have tried and we have loved...
Lawnmower Taco (this stuff is AWESOME and EASY) Seasoned Versatile Pinto Beans Slow Cooker Red Sauce Mix and Match Muffins Any of her scone recipes Butterhorn rolls Chocolate butterhorn rolls
I am eager to try to following in the next few weeks:
Chicken Divan with cheddar crust Spicy Taco Lasagna Pepper Jack and Chile burritos Cheddar Soup with Zucchini, Broccoli, and Carrots Breakfast Smoothies (The Red Banana, The Blue Pineapple)--Gotta love the names! Chocolate Almond Biscotti
I will be cooking up a storm in the near future!! (less)
I just finished reading Leslie's book and all I can say is that she has such insight and wisdom. I have a family member who abused me. I cut off the r...moreI just finished reading Leslie's book and all I can say is that she has such insight and wisdom. I have a family member who abused me. I cut off the relationship over a decade ago; however, the person continues to cause me grief because she uses other people to get to me. It has been a rough road, but I have grown tremendously because of it. This book shows you what an emotionally destructive relationship looks like and how to deal with it. The advice is Biblical and practical. What I found interesting is that Leslie's just affirmed most of my decisions to get out and to get healthy. If you are struggling with any type of relationship (from abuse all the way down to the person that seems to suck you dry) then this book will help tremendously!(less)
What an awesome book! The story of a girl that was abused and yet overcame it all through the grace of God! I couldn't put it down...my son who isn't...moreWhat an awesome book! The story of a girl that was abused and yet overcame it all through the grace of God! I couldn't put it down...my son who isn't much of a reader is loving it! That is saying a lot!!!(less)